It seems that just about every cosmetics company out there has a BB cream for sale, and now Pond's (best known for its long-standing Cold Cream) is jumping on the BB bandwagon, too!
If you're curious about what a BB cream is, or what it does, we can tell you this: Most of it is marketing hype. Generally, BB creams from U.S. cosmetics brands are similar to tinted moisturizers, whereas BB creams from Asia are generally thicker and have a high SPF rating. BB creams typically provide sun protection and may or may not include beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents. BB creams can be good, but they're not as revolutionary as they're made out to be, and there is certainly no consistency among products from different brands. We know, we know … it's completely confusing, but there you have it.
The texture and coverage of Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream makes it more similar to a lightweight foundation than a tinted moisturizer. It's a creamy formula that glides onto the skin and blends easily for medium coverage of redness and dark spots.
The finish is more matte than some other BB creams, and almost powdery, but not in a way that highlights fine lines or pores. It's quite natural-looking, and the shades, though limited, do appear natural on their intended skin tones. This BB cream does include broad-spectrum sun protection along with some skin-beneficial ingredients.
All of the above is great, but things take a turn for the worse because Pond's included a fairly high dose of fragrance, and fragrance isn't skin care. The smell from this BB cream is readily apparent straight out of the tube, and it lasts for quite a while even after you've put it on (you can smell it while it's on your face). Add to that the fact that this also contains potentially irritating ginger root extract, and Pond's Luminous Finish BB+ Cream winds up being just an average option in the ever-growing market of BB creams.
- Blends into skin easily for medium coverage of redness and dark spots.
- Semi-matte finish that looks natural.
- Provides broad-spectrum sun protection and some skin-beneficial ingredients.
- Contains a high amount of fragrance that you can smell on your face while wearing.
- Contains ginger root extract, a potential skin irritant.